Review: The Carey’s Manor Spa Day. Is it Worth Booking?

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A couple of weeks ago I took my mum off for a Spa Day at Carey’s Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst close to the New Forest in Hampshire. It’s not the first time I’ve been for a spa day here – it’s the third, but I’ve never got round to writing it up on here – about time then I thought.

There’s a heap of Carey’s Manor Spa Day breaks to choose from – I’ve done the full day before, but this time, I booked my mum and me on the £79 each Morning Spa Escape.

Available Monday -Friday, this gives you full access to all the water-based spa facilities, the gym, the pool and a 30 minute facial or massage – between the hours of 8.30-12.30. That’s just enough time to soak yourself into oblivion, have your treatment and lounge about in the relaxation room before it’s time for lunch. Admittedly I haven’t got to the gym yet on any of my SenSpa visits!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which mean I earn a small commission if you use them to book. This does not cost you any extra.

Bubble, Soak, Steam – Repeat

The reason for this is that we spend our whole time in what I like to refer to as the Bubble, Soak, Steam part of the SenSpa.

This consists of a steam room, a sauna, massaging showers, a very exciting (but blooming freezing) shower with flashing lights and storm sounds – and a big pool full of various massaging jets.

Between us we can happily hop between these for a good 90 minutes. Sadly you can’t take photos in there, so there are no photos of me bubbling my morning away, but I would have looked very relaxed if there was!

Although here comes my first useful tip : Get to SenSpa as early as you can and head straight to this area. This is what we normally do when we come and it’s normally deserted and blissfully peaceful – but this time we were running a bit late, got lured into having a pastry and coffee (also included) and had our treatments before we ‘took the waters’.

This meant by the time we got to the BSS area it was closer to 10.30 and it was pretty busy in there, probably because it was a Friday and lots of weekend guests had arrived. It certainly wasn’t unbearable but we did have to squish up a bit on some of the jets.

What’s Included in This Spa Day Package

The treatments included in the half-day package are either a 30-minute facial or a 30-minute massage – I normally book a facial as I’m not a fan of massage, but for some reason this time I didn’t do that and ended up getting a massage.

It was actually very good – once we got past the bit on my back that every therapist is determined to attack, but that’s agony when they do. I’d gone in with a headache and a slightly out of place neck but I walked out feeling completely normal.

SenSpa’s USP is that it is a Thai spa and all of the therapists I have had there have actually been from Thailand- which kind of makes me feel like I’m on holiday which is a nice added touch.

Useful tip 2  If there’s something you don’t like being worked on tell the therapist, and they will often avoid it. I never do this and spend a good 2-5 minutes of a massage clenching every single muscle in my back to try and avoid the pain as they dig under my shoulder blades.

The Main Pool at SenSpa in Brockenhurst

Once we’d been massaged and bubbled until we were pruney, for my mum and I there was only one thing left to do – head up to the room on the second floor have a cup of tea and lie around in fluffy white robes for a while having a chat.

In the summer there’s a nice outdoor area you can sit in to do this instead. If you wanted to make your day more active though you could visit the gym or you’re in the middle of the beautiful New Forest so, if the weather is right, you could go for a wander around outside and try and spot a pony or two.

Useful tip 3: Pack flip flops, or something similar: The spa do give you little sandals to wear but they are very small – and, while you can go and get larger ones, it’s quicker to just pack your own.

Also, for some of the add on treatments, you’ll be offered Thai pyjamas to wear. If you’ve never worn Thai pyjamas working out how exactly you stop them falling down is quite the feat. Here’s a mini-guide

  1. Put them on with the long tie at the back. They will look huge – like one of those successful slimmer photos where they stand in their old trousers
  2. Pull them to one side so they are snug on one side and you have lots of material on the other. Now fold that material across your stomach toward your other hip.
  3. Now tie the ties around your waist.

Lunch At Sen Spa 

At this point, we are suitably chilled out and it was time to head for lunch – or so I thought. 

You see, on the half spa day, you can book lunch at the SenSpa Thai restaurant as an add on to the package (when we went it was an extra £22 for two courses). We had but there was a bit of a mix up with the booking and so we missed out this time, but normally it’s delicious. 

As with the Thai treatments, the lunch menu at SenSpa is Thai based and when I’ve been there before it’s been delicious.

Useful tip 4: Print out your booking confirmation as phone signal is never great in the forest. I couldn’t quite remember if I had booked lunch and when we got there my phone couldn’t pick up wifi to get my mails.

The spa staff checked and were told there was no table for us, which wasn’t the end of the world – but actually turned out to be a mistake. I let them know and did get a very apologetic phone call from the spa manager that evening (and no, they had no idea what I do for a living or that I was reviewing them on this blog so top marks for caring about your customer). Had I not relied on technology though and printed out the booking I’d have known what I’d booked for and I wouldn’t have missed out on my yummy Mussaman curry!

So, that’s what to expect if you book a morning half-day package for your Carey’s Manor Spa Day. They also do an evening version of our day. This starts at 5pm, lets you use all the facilities for the evening, and ends with a glass of fizz and some Thai canapes in the relaxation room (see below for a few other secret short options).

You can, of course, book whole day stays, or even longer packages as there is a hotel attached but as my mum lives very nearby a morning is just perfect for us. If you were interested in a whole spa day though, here are the details.

What’s included in a Full Carey’s Manor Spa Day?

There are a few different packages available. 

The cheapest, on the face of it, at £99 is the Wellbeing Spa Day which lets you use all the facilities at SenSpa, and includes breakfast and a 2-course lunch at the Zen Garden restaurant, the tiny catch is you do also have to book a treatment as part of the package which bumps up the cost a bit further. The cheapest add on facial or massage, for example, both cost another £65. 

However, next up is the Essence of SenSpa day which doesn’t require you booking a treatment – but also doesn’t give you anything over and above what you get on the Wellbeing Day – but costs £145. Eh? I am confused right now. Why…..especially as the Mother To Be Spa Day does offer preggo ladies a massage or facial with their deal for £149.

I guess they’re hoping people will book the cheap package but then splash out more than the basic on some treatments. 

The most expensive spa day package at Carey’s Manor is the Thai Journey Spa Day which costs £309 – but does include four different treatments, alongside lunch and use of the facilities.

So is The Carey’s Manor Spa Day Worth It?

Definitely. One reason why we choose the morning package is that it just seems a bit better value than the full day ones – even if you have to pay that little bit extra for lunch on top. 

The Spa surroundings themselves are beautiful, the treatments are excellent and lunch is delicious – so yes, I think it’s worth it.

Where to Find Out More

You’ll find all the details of the Carey’s Manor Spa Days and their morning and evening offerings on their website. 

Of course, Carey’s Manor is also a hotel so you can book longer stays. Again, you can check these on their website,. or, if you’re looking for package details,  you can book packages and day visits via They’re often excellent value.

Last time I looked they were offering an overnight stay for a little more than the day package. They also have a few day spa packages at SenSpa that the hotel don’t offer themselves – including the afternoon version of the morning my mum and I did for £79. This starts at 2pm and lets you bubble until 6pm and includes afternoon tea with a glass of fizz. How lovely! 

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which mean I earn a small commission if you use them to book. This does not cost you any extra.

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